Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mental Health Patients Support One Another

I found the article Mental Health Patients Turn More to Each Other, from American Psychology Association's PsychPORT website that posts articles from various media sources. This one was published in the Chicago Tribune.

The article discusses mental health support groups run by people with mental health illnesses. This is intriguing to me. Having someone lead a group who's familiar first hand of a patient's experience may likely encourage participants to feel like their experiences are better understood. In turn this would make it easier for them to relate and be receptive to the group's leader. Also, something -- maybe instinctively -- guides me to say that a good deal of healing or support may be found from reaching out to a peer, especially someone sharing a similar challenge or condition. A professional mental health provider seems more removed. On the other hand, I see benefits in having a professional who's trained in theories, therapy, and treatment.

I'd like to learn more about this.

1 comment:

antiSWer said...

A professional and a "consumer" as co-facilitators would be wonderful, as long as they shared an equal relationship as leaders. You'd get the best of both worlds. :)